Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It is with much excitement (and nervousness!) that I get to announce something that’s been incubating in the back of our brains for two years, and this year, we’ve put all of our resources into making that dream a reality. Temptalia is about making shopping for and buying beauty products easier with high-quality photos, swatches, and trusted reviews. That’s why we have features like the Dupe List, Foundation Matrix, and the Swatch Gallery. And now, we’re introducing MyTemptalia.

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MyTemptalia is about connecting our resources with all of you, and then coming together to create something exciting, powerful, and useful for every person who’s thought, “Would that lipstick work for me? Is that lipstick similar this other lipstick I have? Would this eyeshadow match this lipgloss? If I like this blush, what other shade would suit me?”  We hope that over the next few months, we’ll be able to fully answer these questions as we integrate existing features and introduce more new ones on the foundation we’re launching today.


We are a knowledgeable community who is enthusiastic about all things beauty, and there’s no shortage of expertise that each of us is able offer to the next person. In our initial launch of features, we’ve taken the products we’ve reviewed and integrated them into a product database that allows you to contribute your feedback, keep track of products you own and want to own, as well as discover new products and hear from others with similar coloring if it worked or didn’t. You can also inspire others and get inspired by looks submitted by community members–and you might even be featured for your contribution to the community!

Highlights:

    • VANITY: Keep track of products you own — you can view them as a gallery or as a list (printable version coming soon!) You’ll also see this icons integrated into my reviews here on the main blog shortly!


    • WISHLIST: Keep a running list of products you’re interested in or want to purchase in the future! Coming soon: quickly add a product just posted on the blog to your wishlist!


    • QUICK REVIEWS: We know you’re busy, so rate and run! Give a product a star (or five), then select tags like pigmented and travel-friendly!


  • LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT: Love and leave ‘em like the heartbreaker you are! You can check out well-loved products for the week, month, etc.!
  • LOOKS: Inspire others by submitting your hair, makeup, and nail looks–or get inspired by the community! If you create tutorials, you can drive traffic back to your blog/YouTube, too!
  • FEATURED: You just might get featured for your contributions to the community!

More Features & More Brands Coming Soon!

  • All existing features, like The Dupe List, Foundation Matrix, and Swatch Gallery will be interconnected to MyTemptalia! Soon you’ll be to refine, sort, vote, and more to ensure better accuracy and usability of matches and potential dupes!  (I’m nearly dying waiting for the completion of the Swatch Gallery. I can’t wait to refine brown eyeshadows down to the undertone and finish!!)
  • Monthly themes and contests!
  • More brands and their product catalogs will be continually added to the product database as we go forward (37 included at initial launch)
  • And the rest is top secret! :)

Thank you to…

  1. Family & friends for understanding why we’ve basically ignored you for the last four months.
  2. Shaun (my husband) & Nick (my brother-in-law), our resident technical team, who built this beast from the ground-up and handled my demands with dignity. There were only minor skirmishes and everyone lived to tell the tale! Please consider thanking @shauntechguy and @nicktechguy for their work behind-the-scenes. :)  Meagan, my sister, for compiling a lot of data and probably crossing her eyes.  (Can you tell Temptalia is a family business?)
  3. Mellan for providing the comic relief–and reminding me when it was dinner time.
  4. Our readers for motivating us without even knowing it. There were some dark moments, and you kept us going!

You can check my profile out here! :)

UPDATED AT 5/3 AT 11:01 PM PST: We think we’ve managed to cure most registration issues as well as resolve any outstanding activations that haven’t been received. Let us know if you have any problems by leaving a comment or emailing shaun[at]temptalia.com or nick[at]temptalia.com and they can help you directly! Thank you for your patience!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil
Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm pale gray shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned taupe with a silver shimmer-sheen and brown base color. Urban Decay South is a powder product and warmer. Urban Decay Mushroom is very similar (in pressed form). bareMinerals Undercoveris less frosted and a powder product. Make Up For Ever #2 is cooler-toned and more frosted.

It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it is buildable to mostly opaque color.  I found that it looked somewhat patchy applied, though, so it would work better as a base or sheered out with a fluffy brush or finger tip (the warmth from your finger will help keep the product more emollient and movable).  The consistency was a little on the dry side, though it didn’t tug, but I think this contributed to the unevenness during application.  Mushroom lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, which is an upside!

The Glossover

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Mushroom

A-
I love the color but wish the application was easier and gave a better result when this is worn alone. As a base, any eyeshadows you apply on top should help fill in and camouflage any unevenness.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

FDSA
Mellan says, “Pretty please!”

It would help us out tremendously to know how we are doing and what are the reasons you visit Temptalia so that we can improve, refocus, and continue to develop new features and fine-tune existing ones! Thank you so much :)

If you’re having any trouble viewing the survey, please click here to view it on its own page. Thanks again! :)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky blue grey.” It’s a creamy, subtly cool-toned gray with a hint of brown.  It’s a dark, gray-heavy taupe.  Maybelline Tough as Taupe is similar, but it’s lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is a touch darker and a powder product. MAC Stolen Moment is frosted.

Shadow has a delightfully creamy consistency that makes applying it very easy and quick; it’s blendable, opaque, and covers evenly.  However, that creaminess does have a price–it takes a bit longer to dry down, and it is prone to very faint creasing while it is drying down.  I recommend lightly blending the product about 5-10 seconds after applying, which helps to minimize/eliminate any creasing while it is drying down.  When worn, Shadow lasted for seven hours well, but there was faint creasing after seven and a half hours.

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Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Review, Photos, Swatches

B+

The longer dry-down time means it is prone to creasing before you've even left your vanity, so it does require some extra time/patience to ensure it looks even and crease-free.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


What do you do with special boxes/containers that hold limited edition beauty products? Not compacts and actual containers but the boxes or containers they come in?

Temptalia's AnswerI recycle them as much as possible, because as much as I want to keep them, they’ll just sit in a drawer, taking up space, and I’ll never go back to them.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow
MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic vanilla” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a soft beige with a moderately frosted finish. bareMinerals Libation is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #5 is similar but more frosted. MAC Jaunty is more golden.

When this showed up in a holiday palette, I found it very sheer. That was not the case here–this eyeshadow is so, so much better as a single than it ever was in the palette. The color payoff is dead-on with true-to-pan, opaque color. It has a soft texture that goes on as smoothly as silk and blends out easily. The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone; on me, it’s very close to my natural lid color, so I don’t know how often I’d use it myself, but I thought the color payoff and texture were really stellar here.  I wore it on the inner lid and on the brow bone as a highlighter, and it was slightly faded along the brow bone after eight hours but mostly intact on the lid (no primer).

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MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone--for some this could be a great highlighter, others a wash of color, and others a great brightening/lid shade.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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